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04-22-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Wildlife photographers, would you buy a Q sensor...

... in a K5 body? Talking about a camera that wouldn't take Q lenses but would take all Pentax K mount lenses with Full AF capability. SR image stabilization, full P-ttl flash ( including hotshoe that works with adapted lenses), and all other K5 features. Would you buy it?
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By that logic, I'd rather have a 40 megapixel APS-C sensor in there.

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Would I buy a K-5 in the body of a Q for the cost of a Q? Hell yea lol, but I don't think that can physically be made, at least for now. Oh, but I think they have a K/Q adapter, so the Q can take K mount lenses.
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Hi barondla,

The viewfinder would be horribly small, so no. If they had the technology to make a 100+ MP sensor with K-5 high ISO capability, included a high res almost instantaneous refreshing AMOLED LV screen, and a crop based "digital zoom" feature, I could be interested though if I didn't need a mortgage to buy it.

Something more practical, and actually feasible with today's technology would be an AFA for the Q to give me quick critical final AF with adapted lenses on the Q as suggested by "brandrx" on DPR's forum. It could probably be made with relatively low magnification since it would only have to be designed to offer less than a foot or two of focusing range unlike the P F 1.7x AFA which was designed to offer the full range of focusing distances for 50mm lenses on Pentax film DSLRs.

It would need to have sturdy build quality because it would have to support large lenses, and it would require an in-lens motor to drive the focusing elements, but it would be small would use minimal battery power, and wouldn't need extensive optical design, just very good quality glass, so it would not need to be incredibly expensive (less than a Q mount AF lens). You'd have to do most of the focusing work manually, but once within the AFA's range, it would take over, find critical focus, and give a focus confirmation. Conceivably, one could shoot mostly using a Red Dot for sighting and the LCD only for final composition confirmation. AF would be quick because the focus throw would be very short and the user would be doing most of the work with the manual prefocusing required, so the CD AF system would be working with a very close to focused image to start with.

It would work with any lens from any mfg as long as you had the appropriate Q adapter, so it could attract shooters from other systems to the Q as a digital TC. A 1.2x (if possible) would only lose 1/2 stop of light, and a 1.4x would only lose 1 stop. A 1.2x would make the Q a 6.6x TC, and a 1.4x would make it a 7.7xTC that would lose 1/2 or 1 stop of light respectively.

Something like this could make the Q a cult specialty camera for all tele and macro DSLR shooters, and would emphasize one of the Q's strengths that most have not considered. Pentax could also market a Red Dot sight mount (they already make a Red Dot sight) and adapters for other SLR mounts. . .

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I would buy a square Q to make bird photography with the fish eye lens, IF they had put a cable release pocket on the little camera. They put just a IR receiver that worls at a very short distanze, and that makes it useless to me.
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The Q would need to have image stabilization active with adapted lenes.

QuoteOriginally posted by snostorm Quote
Hi barondla,

The viewfinder would be horribly small, so no. If they had the technology to make a 100+ MP sensor with K-5 high ISO capability, included a high res almost instantaneous refreshing AMOLED LV screen, and a crop based "digital zoom" feature, I could be interested though if I didn't need a mortgage to buy it.

Something more practical, and actually feasible with today's technology would be an AFA for the Q to give me quick critical final AF with adapted lenses on the Q as suggested by "brandrx" on DPR's forum. It could probably be made with relatively low magnification since it would only have to be designed to offer less than a foot or two of focusing range unlike the P F 1.7x AFA which was designed to offer the full range of focusing distances for 50mm lenses on Pentax film DSLRs.

It would need to have sturdy build quality because it would have to support large lenses, and it would require an in-lens motor to drive the focusing elements, but it would be small would use minimal battery power, and wouldn't need extensive optical design, just very good quality glass, so it would not need to be incredibly expensive (less than a Q mount AF lens). You'd have to do most of the focusing work manually, but once within the AFA's range, it would take over, find critical focus, and give a focus confirmation. Conceivably, one could shoot mostly using a Red Dot for sighting and the LCD only for final composition confirmation. AF would be quick because the focus throw would be very short and the user would be doing most of the work with the manual prefocusing required, so the CD AF system would be working with a very close to focused image to start with.

It would work with any lens from any mfg as long as you had the appropriate Q adapter, so it could attract shooters from other systems to the Q as a digital TC. A 1.2x (if possible) would only lose 1/2 stop of light, and a 1.4x would only lose 1 stop. A 1.2x would make the Q a 6.6x TC, and a 1.4x would make it a 7.7xTC that would lose 1/2 or 1 stop of light respectively.

Something like this could make the Q a cult specialty camera for all tele and macro DSLR shooters, and would emphasize one of the Q's strengths that most have not considered. Pentax could also market a Red Dot sight mount (they already make a Red Dot sight) and adapters for other SLR mounts. . .

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